13 Anime Characters Who Are Secretly Really Weak

Over 2.6K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of 13 Anime Characters Who Are Secretly Really Weak

Just because a character appears to strong doesn't mean that they actually are. If you dig a little deeper, you'll find that some characters who seem like powerhouses are actually anything but. Anime characters who are secretly weak can be sources of humor when they're revealed to be far more pitiful than their bragging implied - Nagamitsu Sakonshougen from Samurai Champloo is a great example of this. But these characters can also grow and change over time, owning up to their lack of power and deciding to do something about it, as Terufumi Sugimoto does in Yowamushi Pedal when he finally realizes that he's not a cycling expert. 

These characters may not be strong, but they still deserve some appreciation. Which one is your favorite?

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    1,300 VOTES

    King - One Punch Man

    King - One Punch Man
    Photo: J.C. Staff

    King might just be the epitome of the "secretly weak anime characters" trope. He's an S-class hero known as The Strongest Man on Earth, but those accolades don't spring from actual accomplishments. Rather, they come from extreme luck. Every time King faced down a particularly gnarly enemy, Saitama would appear and take care of it, allowing King to take all the credit.

    Hilariously, Saitama didn't even realize that he was the one bolstering his coworkers' career, and he was surprised to learn that King was actually just a weak, lucky dude who would rather be at home playing video games than fighting villains. 

    1,300 votes
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    803 VOTES

    Monaka - 'Dragon Ball Super'

    In order to motivate Goku and Vegeta to get stronger, Beerus tells the story of Monaka, the hero warrior of the planet Wagashi. According to the god of destruction, Monaka was the most powerful opponent he ever faced. 

    As it turns out, none of that is even remotely true - Monaka is actually just a delivery guy with no fighting prowess whatsoever. But hey, at least he's good at his job.

    803 votes
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    813 VOTES

    King Fritz - Attack on Titan

    King Fritz - Attack on Titan
    Photo: Wit Studio

    With his withering gaze, King Fritz appears to be an intimidating ruler, but the King of the Walls is actually a figurehead with no actual power. Rather than making political decisions, Fritz is more concerned about what he's going to have for dinner. 

    Who holds the real power? That would be Rod Reiss, Historia Reiss' father. 

    813 votes
  • To be fair to Mr. Satan, he actually is one of the strongest humans around - it's not for nothing that' he's the reigning World Martial Arts Champion. But because he spends so much time bragging about his abilities, his genuine strength ends up looking pretty puny when it's compared to that of Saiyan warriors like Goku.

    1,066 votes
  • Reigen Arataka is a self-proclaimed psychic who exorcises ghosts for cash. The thing is, he lacks any supernatural powers whatsoever. The only reason that he survives his skirmishes with ghosts is thanks to Mob, his young employee who actually has psychic powers.

    While Reigen definitely lacks the powers he claims to possess, he makes up for it with street smarts, charisma, and a deep sense of loyalty to the people he cares about. 

    1,146 votes
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    302 VOTES

    Nagamitsu Sakonshougen - Samurai Champloo

    Nagamitsu Sakonshougen - Samurai Champloo
    Photo: Manglobe

    Nagamitsu Sakonshougen wants to be recognized as the greatest samurai in history, and he believes that he has a real shot at accomplishing this. The main trio are forced into dealing with him because he wants to defeat Jin, a samurai who owns a special title - "Undefeated in one thousand duels." 

    While his hypemen do a good job of making him look cool, he's actually not a particularly talented fighter, and Jin has no trouble defeating him. Further embarrassing himself, he hits on Fuu, disrespecting both her and his wife in the process.

    302 votes